(NBC) - President Obama hast a five-point lead over Mitt Romney among likely voters in our new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll.... As Romney tries to bounce back from what he said at that fundraiser last spring.
Here's what Mitt Romney was secretly recorded saying last may about the 47% of Americans who don't pay taxes, â€who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. "My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince people," said Mitt Romney, (R) Presidential Nominee during surreptitiously recorded fundraiser.
And - with cameras now in full view - here's what he said at a fundraiser last night. "I believe instead the role of government is to help those who need help. We're a compassionate people," said Mitt Romney, (R) Presidential Nominee.
Romney now admits in a Fox interview that some of those not paying taxes aren't "victims" - as he called them last may - but wealthy Americans who should pay: "I think people would like to be paying taxes. The good news if you're doing well enough financially that you can pay a tax," said Mitt Romney, (R) Presidential Nominee.
President Obama - on the "Late Show" last night - reacting to Romney's comment about the 47%. "My expectation is that if you want to be President you have to work for everybody not just for some," said the President.
But some high profile republicans are backing their nominee. "I think in the context of what Governor Romney was saying is that we need to get people off of subsistence, that means job creation." : Senator John McCain/ (R) Arizona
Despite the gaffe, Romney raised six-and-a-half million dollars Tuesday.
Tracie Potts, NBC News.